Israel news

Fury over Jewish Agency plan for independent conversion court

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 29, 2015

An initiative by the Jewish Agency to set up its own independent conversion court could challenge the Israeli rabbinate’s global monopoly on giyur.


Israeli software can tell you likelihood of getting cancer

By Josh Jackman, June 29, 2015

You will soon be able to easily find out which deadly illnesses your genes predispose you to get, thanks to an Israeli invention.

Dr Yuval Tabach, the senior scientist at the Hebrew University’s Institute for Medical Research in Jerusalem, has created an online tool which reads your genetic map to tell you whether you could get cancer or genetic diseases.


Mariah Carey visits Netanyahu and 'spiritual leader' on Israel trip

By Jessica Weinstein, June 29, 2015

Mariah Carey met Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday.

The pop singer is visiting Israel with her boyfriend, Australian entrepreneur James Packer, and her children Monroe and Moroccan.


World Jewish population reaches pre-Holocaust level at 16.5 million, report says

By Sandy Rashty, June 29, 2015

The number of Jewish people in the world is almost the same as it was before the Holocaust, according to Israeli think-tank, the Jewish People Policy Institute.

Before the Holocaust – in which six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis – there were 16.5 million Jews in the world.


Returning city families usher kibbutz renaissance

By Shira Rubin, June 25, 2015

Hadar Shlomo remembers a childhood in Kibbutz Nir-Am in southern Israel as an experience "lacking self-expression and freedom".

She recalled with distaste how all the families ate in the same dining room, received the same allowance, and were provided with two pairs of shoes per year - one for the winter months, and a pair of sandals ahead of the summer.


Israeli man shot dead on trip to swim in spring

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 25, 2015

Over a thousand people attended the funeral of Danny Gonen on Sunday after the Israeli was shot at point blank range by a Palestinian near the West Bank settlement of Dolev.

Mr Gonen and his friend, Netanel Hadad, were intending to go for a swim in the Ein Bubin spring north of Jerusalem on Friday when they decided to turn back after seeing only Palestinians there.


Hawkish Israeli minister Silvan Shalom favours restart of peace talks

By Orlando Radice, June 22, 2015

Israeli Interior Minister Silvan Shalom has said that he is in favour of a resumption of negotiations towards a two-state solution as soon as the world powers’ talks with Iran have come to a conclusion.

The minister, who would head up any such diplomatic process with the Palestinians, said: “We want to resume negotiations but it takes two to tango.”


UN accuses both Israel and Hamas of possible war crimes during Gaza conflict

By Marcus Dysch, June 22, 2015

The United Nations has said both Israel and Hamas terrorists may have committed war crimes during last summer’s Gaza conflict.

An independent commission’s report into the Operation Protective Edge said the devastation in Gaza during the fighting had been “unprecedented”.


Israeli man killed in West Bank shooting

By JC Reporter, June 19, 2015

One Israeli was killed and another wounded near a West Bank settlement on Friday in a shooting by a Palestinian man.

Security forces are treating the incident as a terror attack.

The shooting took place at the Ein Buvin spring, close to the settlement of Dolev in the Ramallah area.


Israeli ambassador to UK Daniel Taub to leave post this summer

By Naomi Firsht, June 19, 2015

Israel's Ambassador to the UK Daniel Taub and his wife, Zehava, will be returning to Israel this summer, the Israeli embassy announced today.

Ambassador Taub took up his post four years ago and since then Israel-UK trade has doubled.